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Sarah Mangold

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Sarah Mangold was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and raised in Kansas and Oklahoma. She received a BA from the University of Oklahoma and an MFA from San Francisco State University.

Mangold is the author of Giraffes of Devotion (Kore Press, 2016), Electrical Theories of Femininity (Black Radish Books, 2015), and Household Mechanics (New Issues, 2002), which was selected by C. D. Wright for the New Issues Poetry Prize.

In the foreword to Household Mechanics, Wright describes the book as “a disquieting review of indirect disclosures, internal churnings, and palpable notions, subjected to a tense and skeletal language.”

Mangold is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Seattle Arts Commission. She lives in Seattle, Washington.


Giraffes of Devotion (Kore Press, 2016)
Electrical Theories of Femininity (Black Radish Books, 2015)
Household Mechanics (New Issues, 2002)

by this poet

He hid in plain sight 
his own highest hopes 
wearing the red scarf

They had rehearsed it 
blue ski parka 
clutch of photographs
the formative event of his childhood 
taken to the railroad station

He maintained a journal 
his real name 
safely stashed in Scarsdale 
Most of the spoken words 
modest wooden